Women's Health Nurse Practitioner
A Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP) is a master’s or doctorate-prepared advanced practice nurse who provides advanced nursing care across the continuum of primary care, gynecologic, and obstetrical services. Care of the female patient from adolescence to the elderly and the male patient with sexual dysfunction, infertility, and sexually transmitted infection diagnoses are within scope of practice. The emphasis of care rests within health promotion, disease prevention, health maintenance, and health restoration.
BSN to DNP students and MSN to DNP students adding a certification in a new specialty must have two years of nursing experience in the area of Women’s Health Nursing prior to starting the clinical portion of their program.
All students in the Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner specialty are required to attend a one* Clinical Skills Intensive (CSI) during the fall term in which they are registered for MCN 538 and MCN 541. Instruction is provided by the USA Simulation Program.
The clinical skills intensive provides hands-on instruction for common advanced practice assessments and procedures pertinent to women’s health.
Students have the opportunity to request their preferred session on a first come, first serve basis. Simulation will contact students via Jag Mail with information on how to sign-up three months prior to the scheduled dates.
Please note the dates are for Clinical Skills Intensives only. The track coordinator may provide orientation dates, which are separate from CSI and Simulation.
BSN-MSN students complete all support, MSN core, and MSN specialty courses for a total of 45 credit hours. The MSN degree must be completed within five years of matriculation.
|NU 518 - Advanced Nursing Assessment 3 credit hours
|NU 545 - Physio-pathological Basis of Advanced Nursing 3 credit hours
|NU 578 - Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nurses 3 credit hours
|MSN Core Courses
|NU 607 - Scientific Underpinnings of Advanced Nursing Practice 3 credit hours
|NU 608 - Evidence-Based Practice and Quality Improvement in Healthcare 3 credit hours
|NU 610 - Healthcare Policy and Finance 3 credit hours
|NU 613 - Organizational & Systems Leadership 3 credit hours
|Women’s Health NP Specialty Courses
|MCN 538 – Introduction to Women's Health NP 3 credit hours
|MCN 541 – Health Promotion / Disease Prevention & Issues for Women's Health NP 2 credit hours
|MCN 542 – Women's Health NP I 3 credit hours
|MCN 543 – Women's Health NP Practicum I - 180 Clinical Hours 3 credit hours
|MCN 544 – Women's Health NP II 3 credit hours
|MCN 545 – Women's Health NP Practicum II - 180 Clinical Hours 3 credit hours
|MCN 546 – Women's Health NP Practicum III - 240 Clinical Hours 4 credit hours
|MCN 547 – Women's Health NP III 3 credit hours
|RN to MSN students who are registered nurses with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in a non-nursing discipline must also complete the following courses.
|NU 506 - Evidence-Based Practice & Informatics for Professional Nurses 4 credit hours
|NU 507 - Leadership & Management Roles for Professional Nurses 4 credit hours
|NU 508 - Clinical Prevention and Population Health for Professional Nurses 4 credit hours
The University of South Alabama Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program provides the skills necessary for a rewarding career. Graduates are eligible and prepared to complete the appropriate national certification exam and apply for licensure to practice as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN). It is the graduate’s responsibility to ensure the program meets the requirements to practice in their selected state or U.S. territory.